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Gwinnett Medical Center Preoperative Process

Being well-prepared for any surgery, especially joint replacement or resurfacing, can ease anxiety, prevent complications and improve the success of your surgery and recovery. Your healthcare team will make sure you are healthy and ready for surgery. Identifying and treating health problems ahead of time helps improve healing after joint surgery.

Our goal is to assist you in safely and comfortably returning to a normal, active life. Preparing for your return home can help make your recovery go more smoothly. Your healthcare team will discuss ways to make your living space safer, more comfortable and easier to use.

At least five to seven days before your surgery, you will attend a preoperative interview where we will ask you about your health history, past surgical experiences and any medications you take. This helps us identify any special needs you may have and gives you an opportunity to ask questions and receive important instructions about your surgery. After the interview, you should know how to prepare for your surgery and what to expect when you arrive at the hospital.

During your preoperative interview, we may ask you to bring:

  • Your complete medical history.
  • A list of all the medications you take, including over-the-counter medications and vitamins.
  • A recent EKG, chest X-ray, lung test and/or other medical tests. Please bring these test results if you have them. If not, we can schedule these tests for you.

Women should:

  • Avoid wearing dresses because your interviewer will need to monitor your heart rhythm.
  • Not wear lotion. Lotion prevents the EKG wires from properly sticking to your skin.

Since your preoperative interview may last one to two hours, we suggest you eat before you arrive. You will also meet with an anesthesiologist to determine which type of anesthesia is best for you.

For more information, call 678-312-5000.